CES as a safe and effective alternative to drugs in treating depression.
There is considerable controversy regarding the efficacy for evidence based treatments for depression. The controversy also involves the risk/benefit analyses of currently approved interventions. While the primary focus has been on medications, similar concerns have been raised regarding certain psychotherapies, transcranial electromagnetic stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, ECT and herbal and dietary supplements.
Through articles published in the lay press, the general public has been apprised of the controversy involving the efficacy of antidepressant medications. For example, Time magazine recently cited Kirsch’s meta-analysis in PLoS Medicine that found little benefit of antidepressants for most patients as well as Dr. John Krystal’s findings that about 25% of patients did worse on antidepressants than on placebo”. They have been informed about the black box warnings for SSRI’s causing suicidal behaviors. One of the results of this publicity is a growing movement away from all medications to “holistic” or “folk remedies”. In fact, there many patients express fears of taking medications.
There is excellent data and clinical experience however to support the safety and lack of adverse side effects from CES and it should be included in the spectrum of available treatments as it poses very low risk of harm to patients.
Excerpts from “A View from the Trenches” written by Jason Worchel, M.D.
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